Netanyahu promises 'answers' to parents of drowned victims - recording

10 teens died in a flood during a hiking trip with their Bnei Zion camp. A recorded conversation between then and the PM will be revealed on Monday.

March 18, 2019 09:30
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Netanyahu promises 'answers' to parents of drowned victims - recording

Photos of six of the victims of the flash flooding in the Tzafit river, April 26, 2018. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Channel 13 on Monday will reveal a conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the parents of the 10 teens killed on a hiking trip with their pre-military academy.

The parents met with Netanyahu and demanded he establish an independent committee to investigate the circumstances of the disaster. 
The 10 youths, nine girls and a boy, students at the pre-military academy Bnei Zion, were on a hike in April in the Judean Desert when they were carried off by a surge in the Nahal Tzafit stream.

The exclusive recordings were received by Channel 13 from a “source” who was at the meeting.

In the recording, one of the parents said, “What we are asking of you, Mr. Prime Minister, is an investigation. Only an independent investigation will reveal the extent of the lawlessness and lack of supervision in the world of preparatory studies.”

In response, Netanyahu said: “I used to be a soldier, and there was a rule: you see clouds, you cannot enter the channel.”

Netanyahu asked if the parents met with then-defense minister Avigdor Liberman.

 “No, he disappeared,” one of the parents responded. The parent then tells Netanyahu that the prime minister is “the last line.”

Netanyahu said he was hearing this information for the first time and that the government will intervene.

“I will look into it and give you answers,” he said.

Tzafit, which extends more than 15 km., is a steep-walled route located west of the southern part of the Dead Sea that is prone to flash-flooding caused by rain in hills to the west.

A full report will run on Monday on Channel 13.

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